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• In the NCAA men's college basketball Final Four, Wisconsin defeated Kentucky 71-64, ending Kentucky's quest for a perfect season, as Duke beat Michigan State 81-61. Wisconsin and Duke will face off tonight in the national title game.

Meanwhile, in the NCAA women's college basketball Final Four, the University of Connecticut beat Maryland 81-58 and will face off in their national title game tomorrow night against Notre dame, which beat South Carolina 66-65.


• In Opening Night of the Major League Baseball season, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Chicago Cubs 3-0.
KC's View:
Baseball, as the late Robert B. Parker once said, "is the most important thing that doesn't matter." With its return, after a cold and seemingly endless winter, there also is the return of hope. (More hope for some than others, of course. Some people, like my friend Joanie Taylor, seem assured of a summer with more smiles than tears. Last night was just the beginning for her.)

There are only four major league ballparks I haven't been to, and so I'm hoping that I'll be able to knock off at least two of them ... I'm just looking for reasons to see games at Marlins Park in Miami, Tropicana Field (where the Tampa Bay Rays play), Minute Maid Park (home of the Houston Astros), and ... oddly enough, since it is just 35 miles from where I live, Yankee Stadium. (I've been to the old Yankee Stadium, of course, and the Astrodome ... but new ballparks require new visits.)

I can hope.